After a poor performance against Southampton last week, Swansea host an in-form Tottenham Hotspur side who thrashed Manchester City 4-1 before putting in a creditable performance in a 1-1 draw against Monaco in the Europa League on Thursday.
The 3-1 defeat at St. Mary’s was preceded by a 1-0 defeat against Hull in the Capital One Cup though Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty snapped a three match goalless streak. Swansea have faltered after a good start to the season having not won in four in all competition, and the match against their bogey team is a good chance to turn things.
Spurs meanwhile have moved from strength to strength winning their last three in the league and putting in strong displays in France and in the 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat against Arsenal ten days ago. They will have to be wary of tiredness, especially in the second half having had just two days in between their matches.
The two teams come into this game on the opposite ends in terms of their confidences, but the onus will be on Swansea to turn things around and get the three points.
Swansea have clean bill of health and Gary Monk has the entire squad to choose from.
Nabil Bentaleb, Mousa Dembele, Ryan Mason, Alex Pritchard and Heung-min Son will all miss out due to injuries which should give Nacer Chadli a chance to start on the left wing.
Head To Head
04 Mar 2015 Tottenham H. 3 – 2 Swansea City Premier League
14 Dec 2014 Swansea City 1 – 2 Tottenham H. Premier League
19 Jan 2014 Swansea City 1 – 3 Tottenham H. Premier League
25 Aug 2013 Tottenham H. 1 – 0 Swansea City Premier League
30 Mar 2013 Swansea City 1 – 2 Tottenham H. Premier League
Spurs have the joint best defensive record in the Premier League so far this season along with Manchester United having conceded just 5 goals.
Tottenham have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 away matches against Swansea in all competitions.
Spurs are unbeaten in their last six league games, winning their last three.
Garry Monk has never won a Premier League game against Spurs, either as a player (D1 L2) or as a manager (L2).
Swansea’s opponents have received four red cards in seven league matches so far.
Tottenham have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 away matches against Swansea in all competitions.
Swansea have taken just one point from their previous eight Premier League games against Spurs, and that was in their first meeting in December 2011.
Tottenham have won their last seven Premier League games against Swansea City. They’ve never won eight consecutive games against an opponent in Premier League history (also seven against Man City between December 2004 and December 2007).
Swansea – Gylfi Sigurdsson
The former Spurs man has found a new lease of life at the Liberty Stadium having scored 15 and assisted 14 goals in his 58 Premier League games for Swansea compared to eight goals and just four assists in 57 league games for the North London club.
He had also scored seven times in 15 Premier League appearances during a loan spell at Swansea four seasons ago before being snapped up by Spurs.
Andre Ayew’s arrival has meant that the Icelandic midfielder has found little joy in the number 10 role in which he thrived with Wilfried Bony upfront. He has often struggled this season, but even though his penalty last week was a mere consolation, he opened his account of the season through it and it might be just be the spark he needed to kick-start his season.
Tottenham Hotspur – Erik Lamela
After the horror of the past two seasons, Tottenham’s club record signing of £30m is finally showing a consistent run of form which has seen him 3 goals and 2 assists in the past 5 games, having managed just one goal and 2 assists in his 14 previous league games before that.
Lamela was available to be offloaded this summer along with a host of outgoing players, but didn’t attract any serious offer. The Argentine has showed that he is willing to get his head down and work hard in Pochettino’s setup and is bearing fruits of hard work and determination. The language barrier must also have been a problem along with unruly characters in the squad. Both these problems appear to have been eased out, and it can only get better for the ex-Roma man from now on.
Swansea to win 2-1.